8 dead, 6 injured in synagogue shooting

Larry Hoffman
October 28, 2018

A gunman who's believed to have spewed anti-Semitic slurs and rhetoric on social media barged into a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday and opened fire, killing 11 people in one of the deadliest attacks on Jews in United States history.

Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said Saturday afternoon no children were killed or injured in the attack, which occurred during a baby-naming ceremony.

NBC reporter Tom Winter said in a tweet that the suspect was armed with an AR-15 style rifle and multiple handguns.

Authorities responded to a shooting Saturday morning near the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, according to Allegheny County Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Kraus.

President Donald Trump said gun control laws had "little to with" the shooting that left 11 people dead Saturday morning at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Law enforcement sources told CNN that the shooter in custody was immediately cooperative with their investigation.

Law enforcement is looking closely at a social media account believed to be linked to the suspect.

"When you go into a synagogue, saying, 'I want to kill all the Jews, ' that's a hate crime".

Social media posts attributed to Bowers single out HIAS, a Jewish refugee agency founded as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in 1881.

"This is the most horrific crime scene I've ever seen", Jones said.

Also in September, Orsini said that while Pittsburgh Jews are not at a greater risk than other communities, "I think it is important for people to realize there are groups out there that would like to see harm to the Jewish community... there are concerns that I have".

Three of the injured are police officers.

Speaking to reporters before boarding his flight to IN earlier IN the day, Trump called the suspected shooter "a wacko" and a "maniac".

At the time of the shooting, three different congregations were holding services at the Tree of Life faciltiy, according to the immediate past President of the synagogue, Michael Eisenberg.

Toronto's Chief of Police Mark Saunders said that his force "stands with our Jewish community condemning the senseless violence against those in Pittsburgh".

In a tweet, Trump encouraged people to shelter in place and said "looks like multiple fatalities".

Bowers also reposted a user who imploring others to be forewarned of a "false flag" attack before the midterm elections - a false claim repeated by far-right and some mainstream conservatives this week about the 14 explosive devices sent to prominent Trump critics.

The shooting happened at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the city's Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

An ambulance arrives at the Tree of Life Synagogue where a shooter opened fire Saturday.

There were at least 10 dead, the Associated Press reported Saturday.

The synagogue, which is located on the corner of Wilkens and Shady Avenue, was packed full of congregants for its weekly Shabbat services.

In the wake of the Pittsburgh shooting, some Canadian police departments said they were increasing officer visibility around Jewish facilities.

Some of the country's premiers also weighed in, with Ontario's Doug Ford saying that we must work together to "defeat anti-Semitism and bigotry in all its forms".

Rabbi Chuck Diamond, a former spiritual leader of Tree of Life, told reporters that he never spoke to his congregation about what to do during a shooting, but it's something he thought about.

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